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Craig E. Leen

Craig Leen is a partner in the firm's Labor, Employment, and Workplace Safety practice, and co-leads the firm’s OFCCP and Affirmative Action Compliance area of focus. His depth of experience spans across federal, state, and local government, as well as the private sector.

Prior to joining the firm, Craig served as the Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), a federal civil rights enforcement agency at the U.S. Department of Labor. In this role, Craig reported directly to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Labor; overseeing approximately 450 employees and a budget of over $105 million, with a mission to ensure compliance by federal contractors with equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination obligations.

During his tenure, OFCCP experienced record years in both enforcement recoveries and compliance assistance, with Craig overseeing three rulemakings and issuance of several technical assistance guides to help employers comply with the law. Likewise, as an agency head at the U.S. DOL, Craig worked directly with numerous other federal agencies, including the Wage & Hour Division (WHD), the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the Civil Rights and Federal Programs Divisions of the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

From his leadership experience at OFCCP and U.S. DOL, Craig provides clients who conduct business with the federal government a wealth of experience and insight into the enforcement of equal employment opportunity regulations, including compliance with affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations, with Craig representing employers before federal agencies, including U.S. DOL and the EEOC. Likewise, he provides frequent advice to clients on developing comprehensive diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) programs that are compliant with Title VII, and conducting comprehensive pay equity and promotions self-audits. Indeed, Craig has extensive experience overseeing internal employment audits, reviews, and investigations that can help companies in ensuring compliance with applicable employment laws, including in the use of artificial intelligence in employment. Finally, Craig's knowledge and experience with the regulatory process is of significant value in providing counsel as to agency rulemakings under the Administrative Procedure Act, including advising clients on submitting comments on notices of proposed rulemakings.

Craig's experiences prior to OFCCP as a government attorney at the municipal and county levels in Florida also provide him a unique vantage point to advise clients on all aspects of regulatory compliance at multiple levels of government.

Prior to his tenure at OFCCP, Craig served as the City Attorney of Coral Gables, Florida, where he was the general counsel and chief legal officer for a municipality in South Florida. Before becoming City Attorney, Craig served as Chief of Appeals and then Chief of Federal Litigation for Miami-Dade County, one of the largest counties in the United States. Craig is board certified by The Florida Bar in city, county, and local government law.

Craig is well-known for his development of award-winning disability inclusion programs at both OFCCP (Section 503 Focused Review Program) and the City of Coral Gables (Principles of Inclusion). Craig also received the Secretary's Exceptional Achievement Award - Professional for his service at U.S. DOL, and the Paul S. Buchman Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Area of Legal Public Service for his service in local government.

Craig has taught numerous legal subjects as an adjunct professor at U.S. law schools, including Labor Law, State & Local Government Law, Government Lawyering, Legal Drafting (Litigation), and Evidence among other courses. He presently serves as a Professor of Government Lawyering and Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School, and he has previously taught on the adjunct faculties at Florida International University College of Law, and the University of Miami School of Law. Previously, Craig was an associate at several global law firms and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Keeton, US District Judge, District of Massachusetts.

  • Recognized with The Honorable Annice M. Wagner Pioneer Award by The Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award- Professional for successfully leading the transformation of OFCCP into a more effective organization
  • U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Worker’s Protection Awards (three) for work on two systemic compensation cases and for leading the development of the Section 503/Disability Inclusion Focused Review Program
  • Teamwork Award, along with daughter, for advocacy for disability rights as part of the Melwood Ability Awards at the National Press Club 
  • Special Achievement Award from the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity for leadership in advancing the rights of individuals with disabilities in the federal contractor labor force
  • Cruz-Whitehurst Advocacy Award from the UM-NSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities for work advocating for inclusion of individuals with autism and other disabilities by cities and counties in Florida
  • Paul S. Buchman Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Area of Legal Public Service from the City, County, and Local Government Law Section of The Florida Bar
  • Julie Kay Amicus Award from the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers for bringing attention to critical issues affecting women attorneys
  • Chair’s Service Award from the City, County, and Local Government Law Section of The Florida Bar
  • Proclamations from the City of Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools honoring and recognizing public service
  • Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine, 2013, 2014, 2017
  • Legal Luminaries, Finalist, Government Attorney Category (four finalists), Dade County Bar Association
  • Best of Miami, Miami New Times, 2012
  • Named to the Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, 2009
  • Initial sponsor of the Parental Leave Continuance Rule in the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, which was adopted by the Florida Supreme Court and recommended by the American Bar Association
  • Developed a comprehensive disability inclusion and autism acceptance program for Coral Gables and the Coral Gables Police Department that was ultimately adopted by numerous local governments
  • Member, Advisory Council, National Industry Liaision Group (NILG), 2023-present
  • Program Committee Co-Chair, District of Columbia Affairs Community, DC Bar, 2023-present
  • Member, Advisory Board, NYU Center for Labor & Employment Law, 2022-present
  • Member, DC Bar Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee, 2022-present
  • Chair, Civil & Human Rights Committee, The Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 2022-present
  • Member, RespectAbility Board, 2021-present
  • Member, Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Board, 2021-present
  • Vice Chair, District of Columbia Advisory Committee, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 2022-present
  • Member, Eightfold Advisory Board and AI Ethics Council, 2021-present
  • Member, Disability:IN DC Metro Advisory Board, 2021-present
  • Professor of Government Lawyering and Professorial Lecturer in Law, The George Washington University Law School, 2018-present
  • Faculty, The Institute for Workplace Equality, 2021-present
  • Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Rules and Procedures (Local Rules Committee), U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2014-present
  • Member, Circa Board of Directors, 2021-2023
  • Member, Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, 2015-2021 
    • Vice Chair, 2018-20
  • Member, Special Education Parent Advisory Board, District of Columbia Public Schools, 2019-20
  • Member, Florida Appellate Court Rules Committee, 2009-15 
    • Vice Chair, 2014-15
  • Member, Executive Council, City, County, and Local Government Law Section of The Florida Bar, 2013-20
  • Member, Diversity and Inclusion Committee of The Florida Bar, 2016-18
  • Member, Special Committee on Parental Leave in Court Actions, 2016
  • Member, Constituency Board, UM-NSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, 2015-17
  • Member, Legal Committee, Miami-Dade County Chiefs of Police, 2011-17
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Miami School of Law, 2013-18
  • Adjunct Professor, Florida International University College of Law, 2012-18
  • Lecturer at Law, Legal Research & Writing Program, University of Miami School of Law, 2004-10

Craig has done over 100 speaking engagements, including keynotes, panel discussions, and TED-style talks, on subjects ranging from equal employment opportunity compliance in the workplace, to disability inclusion, to government ethics. Here are some recent speaking engagements:

Craig is a frequent marathoner and enjoys spending time with his family hiking on trails in the National Capitol Region.

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Craig has hundreds of media mentions in the form of news clips, television interviews, and online content from his work in government. Here are a few examples:

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